Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Finals

Kroger Mega Event

(2) Pop Secret Popcorn 3pk $1.49 – Mega Event $0.50, $0.50/2 doubled RP 06/19/11
            -Final $0.50 each
(2) Advil 20 count $3.49 - Mega Event $0.50, $4/2 SS 05/22/11
            -Final $0.99
(1) Ocean Spray Craisins $1.99 - Mega Event $0.50
            -Final $1.49
(2) Gorton Frozen Fish 6 each $2.99 - Mega Event $0.50, $1/2 Gortons Fish Items Printable
            -Final $1.99
(5) Velveeta Shells and Cheese cups $1.00 - Mega Event $0.50, $1/5 Tear pad in store
            -Final $0.30 each
(5) Rice A Roni $1.12 - Mega Event $0.50
            -Final $0.62 each
(1) Herdez Salsa $1.99 - Mega Event $0.50
            -Final $1.49
(2) Quaker Life Cereal $1.99 - $1/2 Life Cereal RP 6/19/11
            -Final $1.49 each
(2) Kroger Tomatoes $1.09 - Mega Event $0.50
            -Final $0.59 each
(1) Coke a Cola 20 oz $1.59 – FREE coke for using recycle machine outside of Kroger
            -Final – FREE
(5) Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta $1.00 – 2 $1/2 printable NLA, 1 $1/1 Morning Star Coupon Book
            -Final $0.40 each
(2) Kroger Tuna $0.62 each
(1) Blueberries $2.50
(2) Gallons Milk $2.39 each
(1) Bacon $3.24 – For grilling some tenderloins we bought earlier
(1) Hershey Chocolate Bars 6pk $1.00 – found in discount bin
(2) 18 ct Eggs - $1.67 each
(1) Blue Bell ice cream $1.25
(1) Loaf Raisin Bread $1.00 – Soon to expire, now in my freezer
(1) Water chestnuts $0.89 – This is for a spinach dip I love to make in the summer

Altogether I spent $40.59 saved $43.97 on $84.56 retail. This went towards last weeks budget, since I was at my mother’s house. I had a few items that I didn’t have coupons for. We grill on the weekend and my husband wanted some bacon to wrap the tenderloins with. This is very delicious. I also have been shopping the discount bread section and purchasing my bread there. I can usually get a good deal on bread for $1.00 a loaf for 100% whole wheat with no preservatives. I freeze the bread and take it out slice by slice and pop it in the toaster and hit the frozen button to thaw for sandwiches.

This weeks shopping


(0.93) lbs Whole Wheat flour @ $0.89 lbs
            -Final $0.83
(0.94) lbs Granola @$2.49 lbs
            -Final $2.34
(2.19) lbs Red Onions @ $0.49 lbs
            -Final $1.07
(4.21) lbs While Onions @$ 0.49lbs
            -Final $2.06
(0.79) lbs Roma Tomatoes @$0.77lbs
            -Final $0.61
(1) Cilantro $0.34
(1) Cucumber $0.77
(1) Bell Pepper $0.49
(1) Green Leaf Lettuce $0.88
(2) Voskos Yogurt $2.00 each
(1) Bay Leaf $1.25

I always go to Sprouts when they have Voskos yogurt 2 for $4. Their sales over lap days so next Wednesday it will be on sale still, I will usually go and pick up two more. I use these for smoothies and instead of sour cream. Greek Yogurt has more calcium and protein than regular yogurt or sour cream. They usually have sales on granola too. I love the prices for onions too. Onions are great to stretch any meal. Just add a medium to large size onion and you are adding another pound of food and extra flavor to a box meal and make it stretch. Especially if you have company coming over.

Kroger round 2

(2) Kroger Whole Wheat handmade Tortillas $0.50 each – discount bin
(1) Whole Wheat artisan bread $1.00 – discount bin
(1) Off Aerosal spray $1.50 – discount bin
(1) Package Pork Chops $5.83
(1) Pillsbury cake mix $1.00 – birthday is coming up soon
(1) Pillsbury brownie mix $1.00 - $0.55/1 printable RP 06/12/11
            -Final $0.45
(4) General Mills Cereals $2.79 – 2 $1/2 SS 07/10/11
            -Final $2.29 each
(2) Gallons Milk – B4 general Mills cereals G2 gallons of Milk FREE
            -Final FREE
(4) Dan-o-nino Yogurt $1.88 – 4 $0.50/1 doubled SS 06/05/11
            -Final $0.88 each
(2) Edge shaving cream $2.42 - 2 $0.55/1 SS 7/24/11
            -Final $1.87 each
(2) Ivory Soap $1.00 - 2 $0.50/1 Ivory Soap doubled
            -Final FREE
(6) Dole Tropical Fruit $1.00 - 3 $0.50/2 doubled Dole Tropical Fruit SS 07/24/11
            -Final $0.50 each + (2) $0.50 OYNO for each three you purchase
(1) Soft Soap $1.00 - $0.35/1 tripled Not sure when this came out
            -Final FREE
(4) Crest Toothpaste $1.00 – 4 $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste P&G 06/05/11
            -Final $0.25 each, $2.00 OYNO printed for purchasing 4 Crest

Altogether I spent $31.52 and saved $47.70 on $79.22 retail. Please note the two deals where I received $0.50 OYNO for purchasing 3 or more cans of Dole tropical fruit and $2.00 OYNO for purchasing 4 crest items. I now have an extra $3.00 in the budget for shopping next week.

How did you do this week? Link up your savings below.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

I have been talking to a few of my friends and some of them think the stockpiling is silly. Why would you buy all that food to just sit around and take up space in your house? They understand saving money, but don’t understand the need to purchase larger quantities of items and stockpile them for later use. When I thought about this it is really not too far from the pioneer days. They would have to go to the general store and purchase large quantities of items to last until the next time they could go to town and purchase items again.

People grow gardens and can store their own food. When you can your own food, you don’t just can a few items for the month. You try to make enough to last for the whole year. Isn’t that like stockpiling? You buy enough to last you until the next sale cycle or if the price is right to last through the whole year.

I may have rows and rows of tomatoes in my pantry, but so does my mother. Hers just happen to be fresh and canned by her. Mine happen to be from the store and already in cans. I am hoping next year we will be able to grow and can tomatoes. This year was not so successful. We currently have two tomatoes and I am not sure if they are going to grow because of the heat. I hope so. I would like to get the seeds and grow my own again next year.

My pantry is stocked with more food than it has ever had. I also have food stored on the top shelf in my wash room. If I canned fresh fruits and vegetables I would need more space to store food to last an entire year. In the end we are going back to our pioneer roots as women and gathering food for our families in quantities and storing them for use when they are needed.

What are your thougths on stockpiling?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tips for Tuesday

Dishwashing soap has many uses. If you spill any oil or greasy items on your clothes put some liquid dishwashing soap on the area and rub gently. You can do this as soon as it happens or is you spot before you put it into the wash. If it doesn't come out with the first wash you can do it again. If it can get black funky oil off birds it can get out just about any oil. I got this tip from a friend of mine who was a message therapist who used it to get the message oil out of her clothes.

I use this for my pillow cases and sheets. I put a small amount in the machine before I wash. My husband sweats a lot in his sleep and releases a lot of oil. I swirl this around the washing machine tub once and wash on hot to get all the oils out. I keep a small bottle of this on my laundry shelf.

If you have run out of bleach or need to spot treat a white area, you can use automatic dishwashing machine gel. It is made of bleach and is great in a pinch if you have a small spot you need to bleach.

You can also use dishwashing gel for bad mildew stains in bathrooms. Since this is bleach based, anywhere you can use bleach you can use this product. I have had to use it on a stubborn mildew stain or two. Just coat the area and let it soak for a while. Come back and scrub this will get the mildew out.

You can make your own laundry soap. I am exciting about this one. I am going to be doing this soon. These ingredients are simple and do not cost a lot to make. I am going to be changing the recipe from this one instead of using Fels Naptha, I am going to grate some ivory soap I got for free. Some one else posted you can use this instead.

Make your own softener and dryer sheets. I am exciting about this one too. These ingredients are simple and do not cost a lot to make. I am thinking you can use lotion if you do not have conditioner for this recipe. My husband travels frequently so we have a ton of the little bottles of conditioner, so I am just going to use some of those. Wow FREE fabric softener.

Hope these help. Do you have any tips you would like to share?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Money Saving Monday

I don’t have much to write. Last week I went to my mothers in South Texas. Even though they have had a longer drought than us, it felt much cooler there. It only got to 100 not 105 like here. After our winter where we had a week under freezing, I said I would not complain no matter how hot it got this summer. I don’t like the cold more than I don’t like the heat.

We had a great time at my Mother’s. We went to visit the Blue Bell factory to see how ice cream is made. At the end of the tour you get your choice of ice cream. They had three new flavors they are testing this season. They are Krazy Kookie dough, Orange Swirl and I can’t remember the other. I tried the Krazy Kookie Dough. This is delicious. It does not have any chocolate in it just yellow vanilla ice cream with cookie dough bits frozen inside. The Orange swirl is supposed to taste like a dreamsicle. If you like these flavors buy them in the small containers. The more you buy determines if these will be made in the big tubs next year.

It was fun. I am glad to be back. I think I gained 10 pounds with mama’s cooking. So diet will start this week to get back to my weight.

I hope you have a happy Monday. Come back tomorrow to read about laundry tips.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Finals

Wow this was a great MEGA EVENT at Kroger. This brought back the fun I have for shopping and getting deals. 

I purchased the exact Colgate in the ad and I had an exact coupon to match. However when they rang the Colgate it did not ring as a Mega Event item. The assistant manager checked me out and he overrode the system to manually change the price. Therefore my totals were off. It said I had 38 participating Mega Event items instead of 40. I didn’t realize this until I got home. I thought my total was high for what I purchased. I was missing out on $4.00. I was going to pick up my stepson on in the afternoon and Kroger is sorta on the way. I stopped by the service desk to get my $4.00.

Here is how I did:

(2) Colgate Whitening Tooth pastes $1.00 – 2 $0.50/1 doubled
(4) Kettle Chips $2.79 - $0.50 each Mega Event item, 4 $1/1 Kettle chips
            -Final $1.29 each – Stocking up for birthday party next month
(1) Pasta Roni $1.12 - $0.50 Mega Event Item, Peelie Q B3 Rice a Roni G1 Pasta Roni FREE
            -Final FREE
(5) Rice a Roni $1.12 - $0.50 Mega Event Item
            -Final $0.62 each
(2) Gortons Fish Sticks $2.49 - $0.50 Mega Event Item, $1/2 Printable
            -Final $1.99 each
(2) Pringles Whole Wheat $1.49 - $0.50 Mega Event Item – No coupon
            -Final $1.00 each
(6) Lipton Ice Tea $1.00 - $0.50 Mega Event Item, 3 B1G1 Free found at Target
            -Final $0.25 each
(4) Sunny D Punch $1.49 - $0.50 Mega Event Item, $0.25/1 Sunny D Doubled
            -Final $0.25
(8) Kroger Tomatoes $1.09 - $0.50 Mega Event Item
            -Final $0.59 each
(1) Silk Almond Milk $2.69 - $0.50 Mega Event Item, $1/1 Silk Milk
            -Final $1.19
(4) Weber Marinades $0.99 - $1/1 any Weber Marinade
            -Final FREE +$0.01 profit each
(3) Herdez Salsa $1.99 - $0.50 Mega Event Item
            -Final $1.49
(1) Ocean Spray Cranberries $1.99 - $0.50 Mega Event Item
            -Final $1.49
(1) Kroger Peanut Butter $1.79 – we were out
(2) Disney Kids Vitamins $6.99 – B1G1, 2 $1/1 Q
            -Final $2.50 each
(1) Kroger Hazelnut spread $2.50

After my $4.00 refund, I spent $37.58 and saved $58.19 for $95.77 retail or around 60%. The coupon for the Pringles was not for the ones on sale. I also had coupons for the Garden Delight pasta, but they were out. I could have gotten 5 boxes. One would have been for free. My splurge item this week was the Hazelnut spread. We were out of Nutella and I didn’t get the coupon a while back to purchase some. We just love Nutella. With couponing there are some sacrifices you make, but sometimes you have to get items your family loves. I am not so extreme I would not buy something just because I don’t have a coupon for it.

I went to Kroger on Tuesday to pick up a couple of things:

(2) Gallons Milk $2.39
            -Final $2.38 each
(8) Kraft Big Sliced cheese 8 oz. $1.99 – 8 $1/1 blinkie a while back
            -Final $0.99 each

Total $12.70 and saved $23.30 on $36.00 retail or 66%. I am going to use the cheese to crumble and put on things like shredded cheese. I only had one bag left of shredded cheese. I crumbled some of the sliced cheese for a dish I make this week. It worked out great. When buying cheese if you can get it under a $1.00 for 8 oz you should buy it anyway and think of ways you can use it. Cheese is expensive.

I also went to Sprouts yesterday and got the $0.88 lbs for the split chicken breast. I picked up nearly 8 lbs and also purchased some granola for $2.49 lbs. I spent around $10.00. I can’t find my receipt.

I made a trip to Walmart for diapers. There were no great diaper deals this week. I ended up buying Walmart brand. Here is how I did:

(1) Diapers $13.49
(1) Dixie Paper Plates $2.50
(4) Cascade trial packs $0.97 – 4 $1/1 Cascade product
            -Final FREE +$.03 profit each

It was around $18.00 with tax for everything. I can’t find that receipt either. I thought I put them all on my desk with my receipts.

For the week I spent around $79.00. This is way over budget for the week, but there were some really great deals out there. I am taking the kids to my mother’s next week. So I should be saving a lot next week.

Link up your savings below.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

Wow! I have been really busy this week. I took my daughter to camp yesterday. It was so hot. I didn’t realize that her cabin this year doesn’t have air conditioning. She will be roughing it I guess.  I hope she is having a good time. I miss her already.

I haven’t had much time to blog, since I have been getting her ready for camp. I am normally one to forget things and usually it is something major. We checked the list twice. I feel confident we got everything this year. I even did a great time packing when we went on vacation this year. I think I am getting this down pat.

I did do some shopping yesterday. I will give you that story on Friday when you can link up your shopping totals for the week. Come back it is a good story.

For those in the Dallas area Sprouts has split chicken breast for $0.88 lbs. I am going there tomorrow to pick some up. I will probably go again next week to get some more. That is just a great price for white meat chicken. With the bone in chicken after it is cooked, I can the boil the bones for a broth. I have a lot of chicken broth saved up now for soups and stews this fall and winter. After today I can’t wait

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Finals

I did most of my shopping this Sunday. I normally do not get that chance. I am under budget this week. That doesn't happen too often. Here is how I did:


(1) Whole Chicken $5.40
(2) Mom’s best Oatmeal $1.00 – 2 $0.75/1 Q Printable
            -Final $0.25 each
(4) Benadryl Anti-itch Pen $2.28 - $2/1 Tear pad at Kroger
            -Final $0.28 each
(1) Little Swimmers $9.97 - $1.50 peelie on package
            -Final $8.47
(4) Juicy Juice $2.67 – 1 Free WYB Little Swimmers All You June, $1/1 WYB All You mag AY June, 2 $0.55/1 printable
            -Final $1.47 each
(1) All You Mag $1.88 - $0.25/1 All You June
            -Final $1.63
(4) Pork N Beaks Van Camps $0.50 - $1/4 All You Mag
            -Final $0.25 each
(2) Scrub Scotch Bright sponge $0.84 each- coupon didn’t scan. I couldn’t find them in order to tell her to take it off. So I purchase higher priced sponges.

I spent $26.95 on groceries and saved $17.02 on $43.97 worth of food. I just added up all the Juicy Juice even though I had three different coupons for the same product and gave my final as price for each. I got the Pork N Beans because of having my binder. These were not a planned purchase. The Benadryl coupon I got at Kroger a long time ago. There were not any restrictions printed on it nor did it say any. I used the coupon and it worked. I always get blinkies and tear pads when they are up in a store. I usually take 4-6. You never know when you will be able to use them.

Kroger Shopping

(2) Gallons of Milk $2.39
(1) Hanson Root Beer Soda $2.49 - $0.50/1 doubled
            - Final $1.49
(4) Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade $1.00 - $0.50/1 doubled RP 06/26/11
            -Final FREE
(1) Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta $1.00 -$1/1 Morning Star booklet in Frozen section
            -Final FREE
(8) Three Musketeers Candy Bar $0.50 - $0.50/2 doubled RP 06/26/11
            -Final FREE

I spent $6.39 and saved $21.77 on $28.16 retail. I didn’t buy much REAL food but I did save $77%. Most of these are snacks or treats.  I use these as gifts or if we have a lot of kids over I don’t mind feeding them snacks and things if I got it for FREE.

JCPenney Shopping

I purchased 2 K cup coffee packs and one small plate. I used my $10.00/$25.00 no exclusions coupon. I got these cheaper than through Amazon. I spent $15.63 and saved $30.42.

This week I spent $48.97 and saved $69.21 on $118.18 worth of groceries and care items.

Happy shopping. How did you do this week? LINK UP any shopping or savings trips you may have. I don't have any rules to this Linky, but just for fun after you link up come back the next day and go to everyone's site and leave a positive comment.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

I have worked in the mortgage industry before I took on my full time roll as the CEO of the household. While I was there I worked in various departments. I worked in the ARM department and we had our own language of acronyms. I always said I could speak ARM. Then I moved to modifications where I learned to speak mod. Now I am couponing so… here is a lesson on how to speak coupon.

Many of you wonder what all the abbreviations stand for in my posts. I will give you a quick run down of what each one means.

SS – Smart Source coupon magazine in the paper
RP – Red Plum coupon magazine in the paper
Peelie -  this is a coupon you can peel off a product in the store
Blinkie –This is the little coupon dispenser you see at the store with the little red light
Q – Stands for coupon
MM/DD/YY – this is the date the circular came out
B1G1 – Buy one Get one Free
B2G1 – Buy two Get one Free
OYNO – On your next order. These are usually catalinas that print to give you money off your next shopping trip
$X/X – This tells you the dollar amount first and how many you need to purchase for the coupon

There may be more than I have listed here. I will repost this once I have accumalated more or if I get a lot of questions where people don't understand.

I have gone to the binder system. I think this takes a little longer to do, but I feel better when I go to the store and I know I have a coupon for something I can quickly find it. I did not feel as frustrated when I was shopping at Kroger the other day and I saw the Ronzoni Garden delight pasta for $1.00 a box and I knew I had 4 $1/1 coupons to get it free. I would have been frustrated had I seen that and not had my coupon to match. My saving percentage went up because I saw several items I could get FREE or really cheap.

My two cents on the extreme couponing people on TLC. I have seen many articles where most of them are using coupon fraud to get the EXTREME dollars off. Also the stores are in on the deal and wave their coupon policy for the film crew to shoot the show. So the person on TV is getting special privileges since they have a TV crew with them.

I try not to use my coupon for any other than the intended purpose stated on the coupon. I have been corrected by a cashier on a couple of occasions trying to us a coupon that is only one per transaction. That is mainly because I forgot to read the coupon. I did not get angry with the cashier. I simply stated I was sorry I did not see that. Please read your coupons to make sure you understand the wording.

Don’t get frustrated you cannot walk out of a store with $1,100 worth of food for only $100.00. You need to feed your family. Purchase foods you can eat, but try to buy items that are on sale and you have a coupon to match. You will save more. If you don’t have time to visit many different stores go to Walmart and bring your sales flyers. Walmart will price match any items and will also match a B1G1 deal if the price is listed in the flyer. Then you only need to visit one store to get a lot of savings, but it may take you longer to check out. Remember time is money.

Be sure to come back tomorrow to LINK UP any shopping and savings you may have to share with others.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tips for Tuesday

Packing tips for vacations. Things I always pack so we have enough.

I like to pack all the snacks we are going to eat in one suitcase. These can be the most expensive thing to buy when at the grocery store. We don’t eat out very much, since we normally book a room with a kitchen to prepare most of our meals there. The price of crackers per pound is pretty high when you compare it to the price of meat per pound. We try to just buy meat, cheese essentials when on vacation. Still this can get pretty expensive, since I normally have a stockpile of items to get me through having to buy those items when they are not that expensive.

My husband was amazed at how much we spent at the store when we were on vacation last month. It was at least twice my normal grocery budget. I think that really helped him understand how this system works and how amazing I am to be able to run the family grocery shopping on only $60.00 a week. I think he is a little more on board now. Granted we bought things I normally don’t buy like ice cream and some fun things for the kids. Since we were on vacation I thought we should splurge a little. We still spent far less than eating out for a family of five for three meals a day.

I also pack sun screen, lotions and toiletries in Ziploc bags to prevent any spills. I pack a box of ziplock bags and always carry a couple with me. You would be surprised how often you will use one on vacation. If we are going to be around water at all I put my phone and important stuff in a Ziploc bag and keep it in my pocket. Most of the places we stay don’t have any storage containers for leftovers we put the leftovers in bags and the last supper and breakfast the kids can eat whatever they want from the leftovers. My daughter got to eat macaroni and cheese for breakfast. She was in heaven. I don’t think I have ever heard her say she was full of mac and cheese, but it happened.

Our large suitcase normally is always over 50 lbs when we get to the airport. This time I did not pack any liquids in this suitcase this time. I packed them in the kids suitcases. We did not have to make any adjustments when we checked bags. Also if you have little ones bring the car seat. Renting a seat from the rental car company well you might as well just buy one.

I also pack coupons. When we go to the grocery store I want to be prepared for anything we may purchase and still save.

Happy savings. Do you have any great tips to share? LINK UP any tips you may have from previous posts or you have posted today. Can’t wait to see what new tips I will run across.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Money Saving Monday

Happy 4th of July to everyone in America. My husband is smoking a turkey and a chicken today for the 4th. I just bought the chicken this weekend and I purchased the turkey around Christmas time when turkey was on sale and we froze it until now. With bones and everything it is close to twenty pounds. This will go a long way in preparing meals in the future.

I think I have gone through a full sales cycle in the stores, since I have started extreme couponing for normal people in March. I can honestly say I really don’t need to go to the store for anything. I might be able to reduce my budget now that I have a great variety of food and healthcare products for my family. Of course I will still be shopping the sales, now I can focus on bigger savings items and healthier options for us to eat.

So if you are just starting out know that it takes around 3 to four months to get a nice stockpile of items to have a rounded out supply of items to make meals for your family. I have a nice stockpile I just need some more room to store everything. I need to get my husband to build some shelves in the wash room.

 I hope everyone is having a fun and safe fourth of July. We are having a great time. What is your favorite fourth tradition you do with your family? What dessert do you enjoy making or eating? What is your favorite summer time drink to cool down?

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Finals

It has been a while since I have posted. My computer would not let me log on yesterday. I called my awesome brother and he was able to log in remotely and fix my computer. Not only did he fix it, but it is running faster and better than before. Needless to say it took all day and I didn’t get a chance to post. If you need your computer fixed contact PC Doc. He is awesome.

Thanks to my new recent followers. I have tried to follow back, but the GFC is not working when I visit your page. I will keep trying to see if I can join. Thanks so much for joining my site.

Today is Friday Finals. I missed last week, since I was on vacation. I am back this week to share what I purchased. Kroger is where I did most of my shopping this week. If it has a + it was part of the Mega Event and I received $0.30 off. I have already reflected the $0.30 off in my price at the right.

(2) Ritz Crackers Whole Wheat $2.39 - $1/2 SS 05/15/11
            -Final $1.89 each
(6) Chef Boyardee Whole Wheat $0.69 – B1G1 – Q with Popcorn bowl, B3G1 All You June
            -Final $0.46
(1) Totinos Pizza Rolls $0.99 - $0.35 tripled received from manufacture just for calling
            -Final FREE
(4) Banquet Turkey Sausage $0.89
            -Final $0.89 each
(1.77)lbs Bananas $0.39 per pound
            -Final $0.69
(1) Kroger Natural Apple Juice $1.77
(3) Pillsbury Whole Wheat Biscuits $0.99 - $0.40/3 doubled SS 04/17/11
            -Final $0.72 each
(1) Banquet Frozen Chicken Nuggets $3.99 - $1/1 June All You Mag
            -Final $2.99
(1) Cheeto Puff $1.69
(2) Tositos $2.00 - $1/2 eQ from Kroger
            -Final $1.50 each
(1) Haribo Gummy Bears $1.00 - $0.30 printable No longer available
            -Final $0.10
(2) Betty Crocker Brownie Mix $1.69 –
(4) Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta $1.00 – 4 $1/1 Q’s SS 05/15/11
            -Final FREE unadvertised deal good until 7/25/11 at my store
(2) Oscar Mayer Turkey Sandwich Meat $3.29 - $1/2 SS 05/15/11
            -Final $2.79

I spent $31.02 and saved $45.60 on $76.62 worth of groceries retail. This is the best deal I have gotten for Chef. I didn’t see any matchups on any site for this deal. Normally the Whole Wheat is not included in the sale. I just purchased some at Tom Thumb not too long ago. This was a better deal and I had my coupon binder with me to know I had coupons for this product. I was able to get a much better deal. I am starting to buy healthier options buy purchasing whole wheat. The Banquet chicken nuggets were not listed on any sites either. I purchased the Cheetos for my daughter. She was not very cooperative while shopping so I used these to bribe her a little. I noticed the Cheetos rang first right before the Tostitos and the Kroger eQ printed on the receipt right after. I am wondering if I could have just purchased Cheetos and Tostitos.

CVS shopping – My Awesome diaper deal

I purchased Huggies diapers for $7.00 for 2 Jumbo packs of diapers this week. This makes them $3.50 each for diapers that will last me for two weeks.

Here is how I did it:

(2) Huggies diapers Receive $4.00 ECBs after purchase
            -Final $3.50 each

Last time I visited CVS I received a coupon for $3.00 off any $10.00 or more diaper purchase. I had two $2/1 Huggies diapers. I had $1.00 ECB and a $3.00 gift from CVS received on my birthday printed.

$18.00 – for 2 Diapers
-$3.00 – gift from CVS
-$3.00 - $3/$10 diaper purchase
-$1.00 -  ECB
-$4.00 – Q’s SS 06/12/11

$4.00 ECBs for next time.

In order to grow my ECB’s I am only using the ECBs I would get back from the transaction.

Be sure to link up any shopping trips you have this week. I like to see how everyone else did.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kroger Shopping

I found a few unadvertised deals at Kroger today

-Haribo Gummies $1.00 - $0.30 Printable Q

-Ronzoni pasta is $1.00 I think the coupons will reset on 07/01/11 to get it for $1/2 again.

-Ronzoni Garden Delight Pasta is $1.00 and Morning Star Coupon booklet pictured below. SS 05/15/11

Both the pastas had good until 07/25/11 on the price tag. So this is going to be going on for a while.

I found the hand baked bread with stone ground wheat about to expire near a section by the refrigerated area for only $1.00. This is normally marked $3.99 a loaf. I purchased the ones with whole grain stone ground wheat and no bleached white flour. I am freezing these and using them to toast or just use a few slices at a time. So keep an eye out for these. They are heartier and heavier than the normal bread Kroger sells.

Stop back by on Friday to link up any Shopping trips you may have.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Money Saving Monday

I have been on vacation for the past week. I do not like to let people know I am on vacation. I was going to try to post, but we had such a great time in Arizona. We stayed in Flagstaff and did day trips to the Grand Cayon, Sunset volcano crater, Meteor Crater, SnowBowl, Painted Dessert and many Indian ruins in the area. We had a great time and are readjusting to the time change and catching up on some rest.

Do you have a smart phone? Do you love to coupon? Did you know there is an app for that? Here are several aps I use on my iPhone for coupons.

Kroger has an app where you can load coupons on to your Kroger card for ecoupons you can redeem when you use your card at the store. You can load them or remove them before you go shopping. I usually check this before my trip.

Cellfire is another great app where you can load coupons to your grocery savings card through your cellfire account. Sometimes Cellfire will have a coupon off your next shopping order. Be sure to check back often.

There is also an app called shopsavvy where you can scan the barcode of an item using your phone. It will find the item and list all the places and prices where you can purchase the item. This is not as effective for small items, this is great for large purchases like TVs and other appliances. You will still need to do some research on things such as shipping and handling costs, and how quickly the item will ship.

Now Saving Star has added an app for your phone. I have recently downloaded this and have started using it.  This will let you store coupons on your savings cards and then as  you use them you are able to redeem gift cards from them. I have not used enough for a gift card yet. If you have please leave a comment on how easy or difficult it was to redeem.

Those are the ones I use the most. I love the fact you can review them while you are shopping and add or remove as needed. Do you have any other apps you like to use?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Kroger Shopping, Tom Thumb Shopping

I went shopping on Tuesday this week. Tom Thumb had the better deals this week. It was similar to a mega event at Kroger. I purchased quite a few things and even more was on sale at the store. If they do that again, I may have to shop and make a list first and go back and purchase items with coupon matchups. I haven’t been doing as well at Kroger lately. They are changing the prices on a lot of items. This may be due to the Walmart opening across the street. I have heard they are going to be taking away the double and triple coupons. This has not happened in my area yet. I hope they keep it, since I will shop at Kroger for a coupon under $0.50, since I know it will be doubled.

Here is how I did:

(1) ½ Gallon Milk $1.79
(3) Wheat thins snack sticks $2.00 – 3 $1/1 Q
            -Final $1.00 each
(1) Pull ups $8.99 - $2/1 Huggies Home Mailer
            -Final $6.99
(2) Mission Tortillas $1.69 – Sale $1.00
            -Final $1.00 each
(4) Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta $1.00 each – 2 $1/2 Q printable
            -Final $0.50 each
(4) Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta $1.00 each – 2 $1/2 Q printable
            -Final $0.50 each
(2) Snuggle Fabric Softner $2.99 – 2 $1/1 Snuggle softner printable
            -Final $1.99 each
(12) Yoplait Yogurt cups $0.50 – 2 $0.40/6 doubled Yoplait cups
            -Final $0.37 each
I spent $27.07 and saved $28.32 on $55.39 retail on groceries this week. 
I couldn’t wait another day to get an additional $1.00 off for the Pull-ups. We were completely out. They are finally carrying the Garden delight pasta, but it was not on sale this time. So I skipped it in hopes it will be available next time. The coupon expires in September. I might have said this last week, but Yoplait is my favorite yogurt. I will buy a bunch when it is on sale.

Here is how I did at Tom Thumb:

(2) Betty Crocker Cake Mix $0.89 each
(8) Chef Boyardee Whole Wheat pasta $0.75 each
(6) Hunts Snack pack pudding $0.69
(2) Cheez –It Colby $1.99 – 2 $0.70/1 Q Colby Cheez – it Printable
            -Final $1.29
 (2) Classico Pasta Sauce $2.99 BOGO - $1/1 Classico Peelie
            -Final $0.99 each
(10) Fuze drinks $0.75 – 5 $1/2 Fuze drinks Q
            -Final $0.29 each
(4) International delight Creamer quart $2.79 - 2 $1/2 Int'l delight quart Q's
           -Final $2.29
(1) Q-Tips $2.49 - $0.30/1 Q-tips Tripled
           -Final $1.59
(2) Cortaid $3.99 - 2 $3/1 Cortaid Q
         -Final $0.99 each
(1) Carl Buddig $2.99 - $1/1 Carl Buddig 12-14 oz Pritable
         - Final $1.99
(1) Odwalla Juice $1.49 - 1 $0.35 Odwalla Juice Q tripled
         -Final $0.44
I spent $34.92 and saved $50.44 on $85.36 retail. I plan on freezing the pudding and sticking plastic spoons in the top. This makes instant popsicles.  There is a coupon in All You magazine for the Whole Wheat Chef; however I didn’t bring it because whole wheat is usually not considered in the sale. This just makes me want to go to the binder system more. I want all my coupons with me when I shop.

My neighbor and I are talking about getting together and putting ours in a binder. Plus I may be able to give her coupons I will not use and she can help me too.

How did you do this week? Link up and share your shopping trips. LINK UP!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thoughts for Thursday

It is with sadness I write today. I have lost my dog of 11 years to tumors throughout his body. We decided to end his suffering today. I am not one who gets really attached to animals, but this little guy really touched my heart. I still remember the day we picked him out at the shelter. At first he seemed a little boring, until you got him out of the kennel. Then he was a ball of energy. Super hyper and great. He was an Australian Sheppard mix. We love and miss you Scotty.

Before I found out about Scotty’s condition yesterday I was cleaning house. My little one is absolutely terrified of the vacuum cleaner. I usually try to get him out of the house when I vacuum. I got a wonderful idea from a fellow bloggers post. Have them paint the fence with water. This was great. They had a cup and got two paintbrushes and painted the fence with water. You don’t have to worry about any clean up and they can get it all over themselves and it dries. As it dried they painted over it again. Who do you think enjoyed it more? The 9 year old. She was discovering all new painting techniques. I nearly couldn’t get her back in the house. The two year old had a great time too.

 I also wanted to share with you a few sites I visit to make some extra money. You will not become a millionaire, but a few dollars here and there helps with the budget. I use Swagbucks to earn points that can be used to purchase online gift cards. I like to earn the Amazon gift card and use it to purchase coffee at Amazon. If you sign up you will get 80 bucks for signing up. You can take daily polls for 1 buck and visit the survey page. You can also win bucks by using their site to search for things. There are many other ways to earn bucks for things. Stop by and check them out.

I also use is Inbox Dollars. You will receive emails in your inbox. Then you can click on the surveys or emails and receive money in your account. You can then request a check and have it sent to your house. This is very easy to do. You will receive $5.00 for signing up with them.

I usually visit these sites daily to get the incentives. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tips for Tuesday

With many of us couponing or trying to save money we need to stretch those box meals a little further. For me a simple box meal just doesn’t feed all five of us.  I like to have leftovers for little face and me for lunch the next day. It is easier to decide what we will eat and I don’t have to make a big meal just for two people.

I would like to share with you a few ideas I have for adding flavor to boxed meals without adding sodium. The sodium content of these is amazingly high. I try not to feed these to my family very often, but they are better than buying fast food for five of us. I will do it in a pinch.

The best thing to add to any meal is an onion. I can purchase these for $0.49 lbs. So I am only adding $0.49 extra cost to my meal. I usually use ½ or 1 onion chopped and sautéed . This adds not only lots of flavor but around a ½ to 1 pound of food to the meal. The kids don’t even know it is in there, since most boxed meals have onion powder. Adding onion ramps up the flavor and increases the vegetables for the meal.

I also like to add carrots, especially to higher sodium meals. This will help decrease the salty taste in a meal. I will add around 1 or 2 peeled and either shredded, pureed or chopped finely. This is around ¼ to a ½ cup of carrots. What a sneaky way to enter extra veggies into the kids meals and they don’t even know. I like to add carrots to Sloppy Joes too. We just need a little more to make it stretch to feed all of us.

Corn is the next best thing to add to a meal. I find it goes well especially with Mexican dishes. I try to buy frozen when I can. Otherwise just open a can and pour it in. I like the cream style corn with the Asian Rice a Roni. Use the water from the can for the water to add to the dish. This will add just a little more flavor than just regular water. I will also save the water from the corn and use this for soups later.

Try adding peas to a meal. If you or your kids don’t like the taste of peas try pureeing them and add that to the meal. You won’t see them or taste them either. I like to add peas to fried rice and canned soups.

Beans can be added for extra protein to any dish. I like black beans for Mexican dishes. Sometimes I will add both corn and black beans to stretch a meal.

Try adding a little of two or three of the above mentioned vegetables to each meal to see what you can come up with and not change the taste too much. This is a fun experiment to try with your family. Try other vegetables you like to see what other combinations you can come up with. Look at the box and see what dehydrated veggies are already in there and add the real thing. This is a great way to stretch a meal for just a few pennies per meal.

Do you normally add anything to a box meal? What are your favorite recipes to add veggies to? What Veggies do you add?

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